Lenovo Legion 5i, 5, 7, 7i – Everything You Need to Know

Lenovo has recently refreshed the Legion Laptops with new Legion 7, 7i, and the Legion 5 and 5i, based on Intel 10th Gen, H series processors. These are the successors to the top-selling Legion Y540, Y740.

Back in 2017, Lenovo introduced the Legion family and I loved their Legion Y720. The leading brand has done this to distinguish its gaming system from the main IdeaPad line. Prior to the launch of Legion, Lenovo’s gaming machines stayed under the IdeaPad line labeled as “IdeaPadY” models. Legion has now emerged as all gaming and includes both laptops and pre-built desktops.

Update 05/Aug/2020 – Amazon India has listed one model of the Legion 5i that comes with the Intel Core i7 10750H and the GTX 1650 at an attractive price of Rs. 84,999. I have listed more details about it below.

Lenovo Legion Naming Convention Explained

If the laptop model has both AMD and Intel options, then the laptop may end with an “i” to indicate an Intel CPU whereas if there is nothing indicated it has an AMD CPU. For example, the new Legion 5 comes with an AMD processor whereas the Legion 5i has an Intel Processor.

Lenovo’s this year’s, Legion Line-up –

  1. Legion 5 – AMD Ryzen Processor
  2. Legion 5i – Intel 10th Gen processor.
  3. Legion 7i – Intel 10th Gen Processor.
  4. Legion 7 – AMD Processor (Yet to be launched)

Lenovo Legion Coldfront 2.0 & Dual Burn

To improve performance and get the most out of the legion series of laptops the company has introduced the next-generation thermal efficiencies of the Lenovo Legion Coldfront 2.0. The new cooling solution offers better airflow, lower system temperatures to keep the machine cool, quiet, and slim.

There is a new feature called Dual Burn support, which pushes the CPU and GPU to the limit without the need for thermal throttling.

Let us take a look at some of the latest Lenovo Legion laptops that made their debut this year: 

Lenovo Legion 7i

Lenovo has launched Legion 7i in a bid to replace last year’s premium gaming laptop – Legion Y740. When it comes to size, the high-end Legion 7i can be described as a 15.6-inch laptop. 

Lenovo Legion 7i

The medium-range Legion 5/5i will become available in 15.6 inch and 17.3-inch models whereas the Legion 7i is available in 15.6-inch size.

It is important to note that Legion 7/7i is expected to be integrating the Q Control 3.0 software to overclock and under volt. Undervolt can significantly enhance CPU performance on some laptops.

However, users will have to remain watchful about the system’s stability. Legion 7i is already available in some countries since May and will launch in other countries (like India) soon.

The Legion 7i starts with the base Intel Core i5-10300H Processor with 4 Cores and 8 threads, along with 8 GB of ram and Nvidia GTX 1660Ti (6GB VRAM). The top model comes with the 8 Core Intel Core i7-10875H and the RTX 2080 MaxQ model along with a better display and 16 gigs of ram.

You need to shell out USD 1429 to buy the Legion 7i base model. 

Lenovo Legion 7i image 2

Here are some of the major specifications of Legion 7 

Key Specs for the Lenovo Legion 7i (15 Inch Base Model)

  • Processor – 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H (Base -2.50 GHz, Boost up to 4.50 GHz); CPU Specs –  4 Cores /8 Threads, 8 MB Cache.
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Graphics card – GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
  • RAM – 8 GB DDR4 2933MHz
  • Storage – M.2 NVMe 256 GB 
  • Display – 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080), 144Hz IPS-panel, 300 Nits.
  • RGB Backlit Keyboard
  • Price – USD 1429

Key Specs for the Lenovo Legion 7i (15 Inch Mid Range Model)

  • Processor – 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H (Base -2.60 GHz, Boost up to 5.0 GHz); CPU Specs –  6 Cores /12 Threads, 12 MB Cache.
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Graphics card – GeForce RTX 2060
  • RAM – 16 GB DDR4 2933MHz
  • Storage – M.2 NVMe 512 GB 
  • Display – 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080), 144Hz IPS-panel, 300 Nits.
  • RGB Backlit Keyboard
  • Price – USD 1619

The next model has high-end specs with the presence of 8 Core processors and Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q. Also, the display is much better and has 500 nits of brightness.

Key Specs for the Lenovo Legion 7i (15 Inch – Top Model)

  • Processor – 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H (Base -2.30 GHz, Boost up to 5.10 GHz); CPU Specs –  8 Cores /16 Threads, 16 MB Cache.
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Graphics card – GeForce RTX 2080 Super MaxQ (8 GB GDDR6)
  • RAM – 16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz
  • Storage – M.2 NVMe 512 GB 
  • Display – 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080), HDR, 144Hz IPS-panel, 500 Nits, GSync.
  • RGB Backlit Keyboard
  • Price – USD 2509
  • Available in India – Yes
  • Price in India Rs. 2,49,900

Lenovo India has launched the top model for the Legion 7i in India with a price tag of Rs. 2,49,990.

So far Lenovo has not launched the Lenovo Legion 7 that will come with the AMD Ryzen 4000 Processor.

Lenovo Legion 5, 15 Inch (Powered By AMD Ryzen)

It was announced that the laptop would become available for purchase in May 2020.

Lenovo Legion 5 equipped with AMD Ryzen 4000 CPUs along with the Legion 5i using Intel 10th gen processor is already available to purchase in the US and some other countries.

The laptop will also launch in India and other countries in the coming months.  

Lenovo Legion 5

When Lenovo decided to launch the latest Legion gaming laptop lineup, Legion 5 emerged to be one of the most exciting models. It is probably because the mid-range Lenovo laptop became the only one with AMD Ryzen 4000 processors.

When it comes to the price, it has been priced at $909 at Lenovo’s web store. You can get the AMD laptop customized.

The base model includes the AMD Ryzen 4600H, 128 GB SSD, 8 GB of RAM, and stand white keyboard backlighting, among others. It offers 120 Hz FHD IPS screen and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650. 

And, the topmost configuration accessible has the AMD Ryzen 4600H ((3.00 GHz, Max Boost up to 4.00 GHz, 6 Cores, 12 Threads, 8 MB Cache) processor. Currently, at the US Lenovo store, the company has not listed the AMD Ryzen 4800H powered Legion 5. 

The laptop comes with a thin bezel display with 144 Hz FHD IPS panel or 300 nits brightness.

Lenovo legion 7 image2

The laptop comes with basic graphics options – Nvidia GTX 1650 and the top model has the Nvidia GTX 1650Ti. It is a shame that Lenovo is not offering it with the Nvidia GTX 1660Ti and the RTX 2060 that most gamers would be interested in. 

These models come with 8 GB of DDR4 ram with 3200 MHz clock speed to take advantage of the Ryzen processors that work better with a high-speed ram.

The price starts at $909 and goes up to $1089.

Lenovo Legion 5i, 15 Inch (Powered By Intel 10th Gen)

The latest Lenovo 5i when compared with Legion 5 can be described as the premium version with two extra GPU alternatives. The GPU options are Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

And when compared with Ryzen laptop in terms of costs and specifications, Lenovo Legion 5i costs $100 more in the base configuration. And, the Premium model with 1660 Ti will cost you $250 more. 

Lenovo Legion 5i “15-inch” gaming laptop uses the 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H Processor (With 4.5 GHz Boost clock, 4C/ 8T, and 8 MB Cache) processors.

It offers a clean and minimalist design that Lenovo is renowned for. You can also get it customized and build your own. It is important to note that up to Windows 10 Pro and up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ graphics will remain available. The starting price of the gaming laptop with GTX 1650 is $1,159.99. Meanwhile, the price range of Legion 5i 15″ with GTX 1660Ti is $1309.99. 

If your only need is gaming than the 1660Ti models is a good deal. For most demanding games, the GTX 1650 will not be sufficient, however, the 1660 Ti with 10th Gen Intel processor is ideal.

Lenovo Legion 5i (82AU00BAIN) – Amazon India Variant

The Lenovo Legion 5i is available on Amazon India for a starting price of Rs. 84,999.

It is the base configuration as far as the graphics card is concerned as it comes with the Nvidia GTX 1650. Check the detailed Specs below for the Legion 5i.

Lenovo Legion 5i
Lenovo Legion 5i

Key Specs for the Lenovo Legion 5I (82AU00BAIN)

  • Processor – 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H (Base – 2.60 GHz, Boost up to 5.0 GHz); CPU Specs –  6 Cores /12 Threads, 12 MB Cache.
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Graphics card – GeForce GTX 1650 With 4 GB VRAM
  • RAM – 8 GB DDR4 2933MHz, expandable.
  • Storage – 256 GB NVMe SSD + 1 TB HD 
  • Display – 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080), HDR, 120Hz IPS-panel, 250 Nits
  • RGB Backlit Keyboard
  • Weight – 2.5 Kg
  • Upto 8 Hours of battery life – 60 WHr.
  • 1 – Year Warranty
  • Price – Rs. 84,999 or USD 1100

Considering the price it is a great option for Video editor or Creative professionals. Also, you can play most titles at 1080P using the GTX 1650 but it is no match for the higher variants with 1660Ti or 2060 MaxQ when it comes to gaming. But it if you have mixed usage of gaming and work.

Also, Lenovo has launched another variant with the GTX 1650 Ti and 16 GB of DDR4 Ram for a price tag of Rs. 104,990.

Some of these new models Legion 5i and Legion 7i will go on sale in India starting 25th August 2020.

Comparison Between Lenovo Legion 7i Vs Legion 5Pi Vs Legion 5i

Legion 7iLegion 5PiLegion 5i
Up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 H-SeriesUp to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 H-SeriesUp to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 H-Series
Up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 SUPER GPU with Max-Q DesignUp to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 2060 GPU for high FPSUp to NVIDIA® GTX 1650Ti graphics
Dolby Vision and VESA Display HDR 400 and 500 nits brightnessFull HD IPS display with 100% sRGB color accuracyFull HD IPS display
144Hz refresh rate with NVIDIA G-sync panel144Hz refresh rate120 Hz refresh rate
Dolby Atmos Speaker System for immersive audioDolby Atmos sound with Harman Kardon speakersDolby Atmos sound with Harman Kardon speakers
Starting from 2.2 kgsStarting from 2.5 kgsStarting from 2.3 kgs
Up to 8 hours of battery life with 80WHr battery & on-the-go charging with slim power adapterUp to 8 hours of battery life with 80WHr battery & on-the-go charging with slim power adapterUp to 8 hours of battery life with 60WHr battery with slim power adapter

Lenovo Legion 5i (17 Inch)

If you are looking for a bigger display laptop the Legion 5i with a 17-inch display is a perfect match. The laptop is available with both Intel Core i5 10300H and also the Intel Core i7 10750H.

lenovo Legion 5 17 inch

You can get up to 1 TB of SSD and additionally have 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD in the top model. Also, there is up to 16 GB of Dual Chanel 2933 MHz ram. The display is 17.3 inch with FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel, anti-glare, 144Hz with 300 nits of brightness.

The base version comes with GTX 1650Ti, the mid-range model has GTX 1660Ti and the top model offers Nvidia RTX 2060. The price for the base model starts at $1179 and goes up to $1539.

There is no AMD version available for the 17 Inch Legion 5 series at the time of writing this article.

Concluding Thoughts

The Lenovo Legion is an excellent series and what we have experienced in the past iterations have raised our hopes from the new. Also, the new Intel 10th Gen processors are fast and good for gaming, the addition of new cooling tech will also help improve the frame rates and sustained performance.

Lenovo has introduced the Ryzen 5 4600H based laptops with entry-level graphics cards that are suitable for budget buyers. A lot, of gamers and content creators, will be waiting for the Ryzen 4800H along with graphics cards like GTX1660ti, RTX 2060, etc for their use cases.

We hope that Lenovo launches more Ryzen based laptops in the market to offer more choice to the buyers.

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Written By Renu Baliyan, Edited By Kanuj Sharma

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